Last month, WWE’s head-scratching creative choices continued at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Brock Lesnar—who wasn’t even in the men’s MITB ladder match to begin with—grabbed the briefcase and earned a guaranteed title opportunity, much to the chagrin of the WWE Universe.
So, whether we all like it or not, Lesnar is going to find himself back in the main event picture sooner rather than later. There have been several teases at cash-ins, but nothing definitive has happened yet.
Originally, Paul Heyman announced that his client would be cashing in last Monday night on RAW, but Lesnar instead chose to attack Seth Rollins with a steel chair. Then he said that he would get his title shot at Super ShowDown, but the champion turned the tables before the match took place.
Now here we are, with two choices for Lesnar to cash-in on: Universal Champion, Seth Rollins, or World Heavyweight Champion, Kofi Kingston. Each scenario has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at both and see which one seems the most likely.
First off, let’s start with the Universal Champion, Seth Rollins.
This hasn’t been the first time these two have crossed paths before. Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract back at WrestleMania 31, at the expense of Lesnar and Roman Reigns. The two clashed at Battleground that July, but Rollins retained the title by disqualification after The Undertaker attacked Lesnar.
Right away, he seems like the most obvious choice for Lesnar to cash-in on. Rollins defeated The Beast for the title at WrestleMania 35 back in April and while there hasn’t been a rematch between the two yet, there have been several confrontations recently.
But while this scenario seems the most likely, it might not be the best if you look at the bigger picture. Taking the belt off of Rollins this soon would not help him in the slightest, especially considering how hot he’s been ever since he won it.
Then we look at the World Heavyweight Champion, Kofi Kingston.
He also won at WrestleMania 35, defeating Daniel Bryan for the title and completing a cinderella story that was over a decade in the making.
Kingston and Lesnar have only faced off one other time before, at The Beast in the East event in Tokyo, Japan back in July 2015. The latter would emerge victorious, laying out the former and his New Day brothers with relative ease.
Now this doesn’t seem like the go-to scenario, but it might be the way WWE goes for one simple reason. There were rumors that circulated not too long ago talking about how higher-ups in the company partially blamed Kingston being champion for the decline in viewership and TV ratings. If that’s the case, Kingston might unfortunately be the scapegoat and will possibly drop the title to Lesnar in the near future.
This might also be done to protect Rollins as champion. It wouldn’t surprise me if they see The Beast Slayer as the more valuable of the two and want to keep him on top for as long as possible.
Regardless of whoever Lesnar cashes in on, I still don’t think it’s going to go over well with the fans. They already don’t like the fact that he has the briefcase, and I agree with them wholeheartedly.
We finally got away from Lesnar being champion at WrestleMania 35, so the fact that there is a good possibility he’ll win one of the belts again soon leaves a bad taste in many people’s mouths. He really isn’t as much of a draw as he used to be, mainly because it’s the same stuff over and over again: shoulder thrusts in the corner, suplex, F5, rinse, and repeat. It got old real quick and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.
But with Dana White recently stating that Lesnar is done with UFC, it seems as if we’ll be seeing more of him in WWE. Either way, I really wish they would stop putting the belt on part-timers over and over again. There are plenty of talented guys on the roster who deserve their time to shine, and it’s hard for that to happen when guys like Lesnar continue to get title shots.
However, for all we know, he could cash in his contract and end up losing. I find that very hard to believe, though, unless there are a ton of shenanigans involved. But I guess we’ll have to keep tuning in to RAW and SmackDown Live to see what really happens, no matter how painful it may be.
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